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A lot of these secondaries ask about my gap year plans, which I've covered pretty thoroughly in the work&activities and personal statement parts of my primary app. Would I be penalized for repeating my activities almost verbatim for the secondary prompts?

For background info, this is my second year working at a research lab after graduating from college. I already talked about my research contributions, hobbies, and volunteer activities that I'm currently involved in, and I don't think I have anything more to add since I submitted the primary app a couple of weeks ago...
Try to change it up a bit, with different vocabulary words, at a minimum. While all screeners and adcomms don't have necessarily access to all parts of the application, sometimes they do, and you don't want anyone getting bored and starting to skim.
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Better to be redundant than inconsistent, so err on the side of redundancy while being sure to be somewhat original in secondaries.
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